£15,000 per year pledged in a day
St Mark’s and St Luke’s, Oulton Broad are engaged in fundraising for an exciting new project to appoint an Associate Minister to take charge of their work amongst children, youth and young families.
The Revd Canon Ian Bentley, Vicar, writes: “This will be a lay person who will come straight onto their leadership team. We prayed, discussed and planned over two years and then presented the project to the congregation in July 2014. On
a Saturday in October, I spent a whole day in St Mark’s for our pledge day receiving people’s gifts, chatting about the project and praying.
“As a result the £15,000 per year over a three year period that we had asked for was given. “People either pledging monthly contributions, one off gifts, and annual contribution. In fact, whatever way people were able to contribute was okay with us! We have, of course, encouraged use of the Gift Aid system.
“We are now engaged in bringing in grants to cover the other half of the project and have already received grants from funds within the diocese and outside.We still have a little way to go with this but had enough money pledged and given to be able to start this project in faith.
“We advertise in March and are looking to appoint somebody to start in the summer. If you would like more information about how we planned and communicated the project, or see the job advert you will be able to find it on our website (www.stmarksob.org) and on the diocesan site in March (www.dioceseofnorwich.org/jobs) or you can contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Please pray for us and if you know anybody who may wish to contribute a grant or a gift as we continue to fund this exciting new project, please contact me.”
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